Thursday, December 16, 2010

Waiting For A Quad-Core 17" Macbook Pro

Just for fun, I like to go to the Apple's online store and put together various Mac configurations.  From Macbook Air all the way to the 17" Macbook Pro, it allows me to see just how much a decked-out mobile Mac computer will cost.  Then wisely, I close the browser.

On a couple of occasions, I even put it on my shopping cart.  Just to feel what it's like. Obviously if I wanted to, my credit doesn't have the heft to carry such a balance anyway.  

But I was struck by the fact that there still isn't a quad-core CPU option for any of the MBP while PC makers happily sell them to users.  Perhaps that is why I never went ahead and ordered a MBP, 15" or 17", because for the same amount of money, I could have gotten a 27" iMac with quad-core support that'll let me fly when I work on my videos.

So yesterday, I learned that Intel's Sandy Bridge mobile chips will only come out with quad-cores at first had me really excited.  Perhaps, we'll see 2011 as the year Apple offers quad-core CPU for the Macbook line.

So instead of paying $4500 today for a 2.92Ghz dual-core 17" Macbook Pro with a 512GB solid-state drive and 8GB of RAM, I can get a 2.8Ghz quad-core 17" with Lion by June of 2011.  

Meanwhile, this'll give me time to save up some money and continue to work with my late-2008 13" Macbook, which I am still quite happy with.

I know that argument that if you wait a bit, you'll always find a faster computer around the corner.  I think in my case, it's a bit different.  I think with the next generation CPU from Intel, we are not talking about an incremental increase in processor speed but that coupled with a whole new design with Lion and other iOS integration.  

So yeah, it'll be worth the way for me.

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